The Case Of The Airport “Stripper”

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In 2010, airline passenger Aaron Tobey stripped down to his shorts at a Richmond airport as part of a protest against security procedures and “naked body scanners.”On his chest part of the US Constitution’s Fourth Amendment was written:

“Amendment 4: The right of the people to be secure against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated”.

According to Tobey, he was handcuffed and detained by the TSA for about 90 minutes, as well as issued a disorderly conduct charge which was dropped two weeks later. Upset, Tobey decided to sue the TSA for $250,000 for his “wrongful detention.”

The case has now been sent to trial, and it looks like the judge is on Tobey’s side. Said Judge Roger Gregory, “Here, Mr. Tobey engaged in a silent, peaceful protest using the text of our Constitution – he was well within the ambit of First Amendment protections…And while it is tempting to hold that First Amendment rights should acquiesce to national security in this instance, our Forefather Benjamin Franklin warned against such a temptation by opining that those ‘who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

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  1. It’s comforting to know that when situations arise that take away people’s constitutional rights, there are people within the system who do make sure the wrong has been righted.

  2. Yes yes yes! I totally hope Aaron wins his lawsuit ~ it is certainly a valid one. Plus a win would (hopefully) help inform Americans that since 9-11 their freedoms have been taken away for an illusion of security, not real security.

    Anyone remember why the forefathers founded this country? And exactly how many tragedies has the TSA actually prevented? The answers to those questions will make you question the effectiveness of the TSA — and that is before you factor in the financial cost to Americans. Body scanners that my taxes paid to have installed, paid to replace with new “less-controversial” ones, and now are paying once again for their removal — those are only part of the problem.

    Speaking of, why have so many nude photos from supposedly protected scanners been leaked and shared via social media? Just with as electronic voting machines, you will find that the bulk of investors and people making money off these so-called “security measures” are the legislative officials themselves. That is utter bullshit and wrong for so many reasons!

    Anyway, sorry for rambling on but as you can tell I do not think the TSA is an effective task force in the slightest. They have over one million employees and contractors within the USA — that is a ratio of 1:300 “security staff” to citizens and when I have to walk past a dozen of them standing around my gate talking with each other and not doing anything official looking, well then once I have to question why my tax dollars pay their salaries — and why I *still* have to take my shoes off at the airport!

    1. Wow, I didn’t know about the nude photo thing. That’s crazy. Also, I love how your comments are just as long as your emails 😉 ha.

      1. Hahaha what can I say, I have a tendency to ramble on — but people seem to enjoy it (at least most of the time lol) However I think this is part of the reason why sometimes I’m not more productive 😉

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